3rd Class Plan of Work

3rd Class Plan of Work

Mrs. O’Dwyer, Ms. Blount & Ms. Kelly

5th May – 15th May


This 2 week plan applies to all boys in Mrs O’Dwyer, Ms Blount and Ms Kelly’s 3rd Class from Tuesday 5th May – Friday 15th May.

Mrs O’Dwyer can be contacted during school hours by emailing sodwyer@scoillorcain.com

Ms Blount can be contacted during school hours by emailing ablount@scoillorcain.com

Ms Kelly can be contacted during school hours by emailing akelly@scoillorcain.com


Dear Parents/Guardians,

We hope everyone is keeping safe and well during this difficult time.

Please find below some suggested activities for the boys to do over the two-week period, 5th May to the 15th May. There is no pressure to get all the work done, we ask that you complete what you can.

We would encourage the boys to try other activities that they might not usually have time to do such as helping with cooking, baking, gardening etc.

The work suggested incorporates online and offline activities. This is to facilitate those that may not have access to online materials. 


Ms. Kelly, Ms. Blount, Mrs. O’Dwyer.


5-A-Day Maths Challenge

Tuesday May 5th – Friday 8th

Tuesday 5th: Addition and Subtraction


  1. 48 + 34 =                     36 + 65 =                            14 + 24 =                            29 + 74 =              
  2.        254



3)  94 – 64 =                      86 – 35 =                            66 – 45 =                            96 – 84 =


4)        358

 + 241


  1. On Monday I spent 98 minutes running and 35 minutes swimming. On Wednesday I spent 100 minutes playing football.


  • How many minutes altogether did I spend exercising on Monday?






                                     Answer: ___________


  • What is the difference between the amount of time I ran and swam to the amount of time I played football?



                                         Answer: ___________


  • Which day did I spent more time exercising? __________________



Wednesday 6th: Time

1)        Convert the following into hours and minutes or minutes:

180 minutes = ________________                        1hr 20mins = ________________

252 minutes = _______________                           3hrs 20mins = _______________


2)        Convert the following into digital:


Five past three: _______________                          Twenty past eight: ________________


Ten to four: _________________                             Twenty to five: _________________       


3)        Convert the following into analogue:


5:25 = _____________________________            6:45 = ______________________________


9:55 = _____________________________            1:20 = ______________________________


4)        What is the month in each of these dates?


03/12 = ________________________

16/04= _________________________

25/01= _________________________

18/08= _________________________


5)        Mum put the chicken in the oven at 4.25pm. She let it bake for 10 minutes, then uncovered for a further 35 minutes. What time will the chicken come out of the oven?



                                                          Answer: ___________


Thursday 7th:  Division and multiplication:


1)        write the number sentence underneath:


18  ÷ ­­ 3 = ___ OR 6 X 3 = ___


 12 ÷ 6 = ____ OR 2 X 6 = ___




2)        Work out the following equations:


4 x 7 =                                                56 ÷ 8 =

3 x 5 =                                                44 ÷ 11 =

8 x 6 =                                                15 ÷ 3 =

9 x 11 =                                              72 ÷ 9 =

5 x 12 =                                              108 ÷ 12 =


3)        Write four correct ÷ and x number sentences for each set of numbers.

Example: 4, 3, 12: 12 ÷ 4 = 3, 12 ÷ 3 = 4, 3 x 4 =12, 4 x 3 = 12.


  • 2, 7 14: _____________, _____________, _____________, _____________.
  • 32, 8, 4: _____________, _____________, _____________, _____________.

  • 9, 4, 36: _____________, _____________, _____________, _____________.                

4)        The teacher splits the class of 24 into groups of 4. How many students per group?


                                                          Answer: ___________


5)        If each student in one group was given 5 tennis balls. How many tennis balls would be needed for the group?



                                                          Answer: ___________



Friday 8th: Word problem Friday:


  1. I am a two-digit number and I am even. Both my tens and units are even too. My unit is less than 5. If I was divided by 8 the answer would be 8. What number am I? _______________ 
  2. John baked 46 chocolate cupcakes and Anna baked 37 strawberry cupcakes.  

(a)    How many cupcakes were baked altogether?


(b)   John ate 5 and gave 10 away. Anna ate 4 and gave 20 away. Now how many cupcakes do they have altogether?





Answer A: _________________                Answer B: ___________________________


(c)       You started your homework at 3.15pm and finished at 4.30pm. How long did you spend working on your homework? _______________________


(d)      I have 2 sisters, 1 brother, a mammy and daddy. How many legs does my family have?


                                                          Answer: ___________


(e)      Mr. Flynn wants to buy ice-pops for everyone in a class of 28. If there are 4 ice-pops in each box, how many boxes will Mr. Flynn have to buy?



                                                          Answer: ___________



5-a-day maths challenge

Monday May 11th to Friday 15th

Monday 11th: Chance

1.      Write possible, impossible, or certain after each one of the following statements.  

  • I have a birthday every year.  ______________________
  • I will grow another head if I eat yellow sweets. _______________________
  • I will eat today. _______________________
  • It will rain this Saturday. __________________

2.      Use one of the following words for each sentence: likely, very likely, unlikely, or very unlikely.  An example is given.

I will wear shoes tomorrow. Likely

      We will have ice cream tomorrow.

      I will have chocolate for breakfast tomorrow.

      Tomorrow will be Saturday.

      My family will win the lottery tonight.

3.      Coin Toss. How many possible outcomes are there if you toss a coin? ________

If you toss a coin ten times how many times do you think it will land on heads and how many times do you think it will it land on tails? ________ Heads    ________ Tails

Experiment: Find a coin and toss it ten times. Each time record on the table below which side it landed on.






















4.      Number each sentence 1, 2, or 3, with 1 being the most likely and 3 being the least likely.


  • I will go to my kitchen tomorrow.  ______             
  • I will go to the moon tomorrow. ______ 
  • I will go for a walk tomorrow. ______


5.      Number each sentence 1, 2, or 3, with 1 being the most likely and 3 being the least likely.


  • I am going into 4th class next year.  ______ 
  • I will float to the ceiling once I finish this sum.  ______ 
  • I will have pasta for my dinner tonight.  ______ Tuesday 12: Length 

    Remember 1m = 100cm.

  1. Convert the following as meters and centimeters:156cm = ___ M ____ CM                   378cm = _____M _____CM539cm = ___ M ____ CM                  

    768cm = _____M _____CM


  2. Using a ruler, draw the following lengths: 10cm, 15cm, 5cm, 24cm, 30cm.  
  3. Write the following as centimeters:3m 24cm = _____CM                         5m 55cm = _____ CM1m 89cm = _____ CM                        

    9m 05cm = _____ CM


  4. Addition and subtraction:                  m          cm                               m         cm            5           66                                8            36       +   3           24                                1          29 


  5. Finish these sentences:
  • A giraffe is taller than __________
  • An ant is smaller than __________
  • I am taller than ___________ Wednesday 13th: Money 

1.      Convert the following to Euros and Cents or Cents.


145c = €_______                            

367c = € _______                           

€5.53 = ________

€4.88c = _______                           

605c = € _______                           

€8.02 = ________


2.      Write down the least amount of coins that can make up:


€1 =


50c =


3.      Addition and subtraction:

                    € 6. 20                                          € 8. 63                 

    +€ 3. 62                                           €2. 47


4.            3rd class sports shop


€ 10. 25


€ 35. 15

Tennis ball

€ 5. 10

Gum shield

€ 2. 55


  • How much would one hurley and one gum shield cost?
  • What is the cost of two tennis balls?
  • How much more does the jersey cost than the hurley?
  • If David earned €5 pocket money every Friday, how long before he can buy himself a new jersey? 

5.             Connor wants to buy a cake which costs €3.43. If he gives the shopkeeper a €10 note, what change will he be given?



                                                          Answer: ___________



Thursday 14th: Fractions


1.      ½ of 80=                            

 1/8 of 16=                                       

½ of 24=

1/8 of 48 =                              

 ¼ of 20=                                           

1/10 of 60 =


2.     Draw 4 hearts.  Colour ½ of them red.      


Draw 8 circle.  Colour ¼ of them blue.


Draw 10 squares.  Colour  1/10  of them green.     



3.     John has ½ the number of lollipops as Kate. If Kate has 46 lollipops, how many lollipops does John have?


                                                          Answer: ___________


4.     Mark and Anne’s tennis match lasted ¼ the time of Mark’s football match. If Mark’s football match lasted 1 hour, how long was the tennis match?

Answer: _____

Friday 15th: Word problem Friday.

1.     The length of a race track is 12 meters. If Gerry ran around the race track 4 times, how far did Gerry run?


                                                          Answer: ___________


2.      Lucy wants to buy a tennis racket that costs €12.99. She has a €5 note, a €10 and a €20 note. Which note would she hand into the shopkeeper? ___________

What change would she get?


                                                           Answer: ___________


3.      There are 36 red and blue marbles in a bag. If ¼ of them are red, how many are red and how many are blue?



                    Answer: _____ Red and _____ Blue


4.      If I roll a dice what are the chances of it landing on an even number? _________________


5.      If 12 rows of 9 chairs can fill the concert hall. How many chairs does the concert hall hold?



                                                            Answer: ___________



Week 1


  • Read the comprehension ‘The Ancient Egyptians’ and answer the questions.

The Ancient Egyptians

The first Egyptians settled on the banks of the River Nile.  The soil around the Nile was rich and good for growing crops.  People began to farm the land and build villages along the river. 

There was plenty of food in Ancient Egypt because of the River Nile.  The river flooded every year which left behind rich soil that were perfect for growing crops.  One of the main foods eaten by Egyptians was bread, which was made by bakers.  They also ate fruit and vegetables such as melons, pomegranates, figs, dates, onions, cucumbers and garlic.  Egyptian desserts were made with bread, cream and honey.

The Egyptians were famous for their pyramids.  There were around 138 pyramids built in ancient Egypt.  They took years to build.  The largest pyramid in Egypt is the Pyramid of Khufu at Giza, sometimes known as the Great pyramid of Giza. It is over 480 feet tall. The first pyramids that were built had large ledges on them which looked like they had giant steps, but later on they started to build pyramids with pyramids with flat sloping sides.

The Ancient Egyptians used hieroglyphics to write.  Hieroglyphics is a form of writing that uses pictures and symbols instead of letters and words.  Learning to write with hieroglyphics took a very long time and the people who trained to write in hieroglyphics were called scribes.  Most people in Ancient Egypt could not read or write so the job of a scribe was very important.  The Egyptians wrote on tablets (clay blocks) and walls.  They also wrote on a type of paper called papyrus.  This was made from a reed-like plant that grew around the River Nile.  Historians use ancient Egyptian writing to help them to learn more about Ancient Egypt.



  1. Where did the first Egyptians settle?
  2. What did the River Nile do every year?
  3. Name 3 things that ancient Egyptians ate.
  4. How many pyramids were built in ancient Egypt?
  5. What did the Egyptians use to write?


  • Drop Everything And Read: Continue to make a list of all the WOW words you can find.
  • Read at Home p70-73 (one a day, orally)

(You can access Read at Home by clicking here and clicking on Primary > Third class > My Read at Home 3)



  • Conjunctions

A conjunction is a joining word in a sentence.


  1. I missed the bus because I was late. (because is the conjunction in this sentence)
  2. I have no sisters but I have one brother. (but is the conjunction in this sentence)

Exercise 1

Underline the conjunction in the sentences:

  1. Nina had no coat on although it was cold outside.
  2. Joe likes to watch television after he finishes his homework.
  3. I would buy a huge house if I had lots of money.
  4. Mary was late for school because her alarm was broken.
  5. The dog slept on the floor while the cat slept on the chair.
  6. Susan was feeling really tired so she went to bed.
  7. I wanted to go play outside but it was raining.
  8. Charlie went to the shop and he bought some chocolate.
  9. The teacher said I could get a book when I finished all my work.
  10. Tom put up his umbrella before he left the house.


Exercise 2

Complete the sentences by filling in the correct conjunction:







  1. Alan ran very fast ___________ he did not win the race.
  2. Lisa always washes her hands __________ she eats her dinner.
  3. We were not allowed to play outside ____________the rain stopped.
  4. I will clean the table ___________ lunch.
  5. Patrick missed the bus __________ he walked home from school.



  • Free writing – Active Week (Write about all the different ways you have been active for Active Week)
  • Persuasive writing: You must persuade (convince) someone to agree with you!  Can you write 5 sentences to convince your friend to do exercise?If you can, you could use this PowerPoint to help you




As some may not have access to the online book, we have listed the spellings below. Instead of doing the book activities, we ask that the boys learn the spellings each day and put the five spellings into sentences.

Week 1


























Week 2


  • Read the comprehension ‘Animals of the Rainforest’ and answer the questions.

Animals of the Rainforest

Rainforests are hot places, full of interesting birds and animals.  Rainforests grow in the hottest and wettest parts of the world, along the equator.  Less than one-tenth of the world is covered in rainforests, yet more than half of all the worlds different types of animals and birds live there.  The biggest rainforest grows along the banks of the River Amazon in South America.

One of the most beautiful birds of the rainforest is the bird of paradise.  It’s feathers are so beautiful that people thought it must have come from paradise.  The toucan uses its big, bright beak to pluck fruit from the trees.  Many animals in the rainforest use disguise to protect themselves from danger.  The flower mantis is an insect that looks like a jungle flower.  It sits quite still on a plant until any danger has passed.  The silk moth has patterns on its wings that look like large, staring eyes.  If a bird comes too close, the silk moth flashes its wings at the bird and frightens it away.  Jaguars and leopards are animals that use their disguise in their hunt for food.  As they hunt their prey through the trees, their coats hide them among patches of light and shadow. 

Today, many of the trees in the rainforest are being cut down to provide wood and to clear space for farms and houses.  This leaves very little habitats for the animals.  People are worried that many animals will become extinct if the rainforests continue to be cut down.



  1. Where do rainforests grow?
  2. What fraction of the world is covered in rainforests?
  3. Where is the biggest rainforest in the world?
  4. How does the silk moth protect itself from danger?
  5. Why are many trees being cut down in rainforests today? 
  • Drop Everything And Read: Continue to make a list of all the WOW words you can.
  • Read at Home p74-77 (one a day, orally)

(You can access Read at Home by clickig hereand clicking on Primary > Third class > My Read at Home 3)



  • Plurals

Singular means one.  Plural means more than one.  There are different rules for changing nouns from singular to plural.


For most words, you just add an (s)

cat -> cats

For words ending in a consonant and then (y), change the (y) to (ies)

sky -> skies


For words ending in (s), (x), (z), (sh), (ch) or a consonant and then (o), add (es)

buzz -> buzzes

For words ending in (f) or (fe), remove the (f) or (fe) and add (ves)

calf -> calves


Exercise 1

Change these singular nouns to plural nouns.

  1. Flower __________
  2. Church __________
  3. Loaf ____________
  4. Glass ____________
  5. Witch ___________
  6. Photo ___________
  7. Baby ___________
  8. Thief ___________
  9. Nest ___________


`        Exercise 2

       Put a circle around the correct plural in the sentence.

  1. I brush my tooth/teeth every morning and night.
  2. The bird/birds were flying in the sky.
  3. The lady/ladies had a knitting class.
  4. The fox/foxes were living in the forest.
  5. My mum has lots of glass/glasses.



  • Free writing – Your Favourite Animal (Write about your favourite animal.  Don’t forget to include their habitat, what they eat and why you like them)
  • Persuasive writing: You must persuade (convince) someone to agree with you!  Can you write 5 sentences to convince your teacher to give you no homework?



As some may not have access to the online book, we have listed the spellings below. Instead of doing the book activities, we ask that the boys learn the spellings each day and put the five spellings into sentences.

Week 2






























Edco have allowed access to Bua na Cainte online.


To access:

click on this link (press CTRL and click on link at the same time) https://www.edcolearning.ie/

Click on Bua na Cainte 3 (the second book shown not the first)

Scroll through the list of chapters on the right-hand side and click on Siopadóireacht (number 14).


We would also encourage (if possible) to download the Duolingo app to practice Gaeilge.


New vocabulary to learn



Week One



Week Two



Cé mhéad? (How much?)


Téigh (Go)


Cas (Turn)


Díreach ar aghaidh (straight ahead)


Séipéal (church)


Soilse tráchta (traffic lights)


Téad scipeála (skipping rope)


Clogad (helmet)


Slua (crowd)


Ollmhargadh (supermarket)


Tralaí (trolley)


Buartha (worried)



Taobh thiar (behind)


Os comhair (in front of)


Faoin (under)


In aice leis (beside)


Chuntar (counter)


Cá raibh? (Where?)


Siopadóireacht (Shopping)



 Week 1


  • Learn the new vocab.

Some activities to help with learning them:

-Memorise, cover and see how many you get right.

-Ask someone to ask you both English and Irish

-Draw a picture to go with the vocab.


  • Page 136 of the Bua na Cainte book, which you can access online, please follow the instructions provided. 

-Answer the questions (use the words at the bottom of the page to help you)


  • Page 138 of the Bua na Cainte book.

-Look at the pictures and write out the correct instructions (Use the pictures and your vocab to help you)


  • Page 140 of the Bua na Cainte book.

-Answer the questions.



Week 2


  • Learn the new vocab.

Some activities to help with learning them:

-Memorise, cover and see how many you get right.

-Ask someone to ask you both English and Irish

-Draw a picture to go with the vocabulary.


  • Page 141 of the Bua na Cainte book.

-Read the story ‘San Ollmargadh’.

-See can you pick out some of the words.

-Answer the 10 questions.


  • Page 144 of the Bua na Cainte book.

-Read the story ‘An Siopa Spóirt’

-Answer the 10 questions.


  • Page 145 of the Bua na Cainte book.

-Read ‘An Nuacht’ and ‘An Aimsir’.

-Answer the 8 questions.









Read the comprehension ‘The River Nile’ and complete the task.


The River Nile

The River Nile runs through Egypt.  Most people lived on or around the River Nile.  This is because crops can be grown in the areas around the Nile as the rest of Egypt is a desert.  The people of Ancient Egypt depended on the Nile to survive.  The River Nile would flood every year and leave behind a rich, black silt which would fertilise the soil.  This was essential for growing food.  A system of canals that came from the Nile were also used to water fields in other areas.  This is called irrigation. 


The Egyptians grew wheat and barley as well as fruit and vegetables like melons, figs, peas, garlic, lettuce and cucumber.  Flax was grown to make linen for clothes.  The Nile was also important for fishing.  This was done with nets in boats.  There was no such thing as money in Ancient Egypt so people would trade by swapping things such as pottery, food, jewellery and art.  Boats were used to travel up and down the Nile for trading. 


Mud from around the River Nile would be used to make bricks for buildings.  The papyrus plants are the river were used to make papyrus which the Egyptians used as paper. 



  • List 5 reasons why the River Nile was so important to the Ancient Egyptians



Week 1

  • Using the description bubble, write a description of the Amazon Rainforest in South America. (Use your English comprehension to help you)

Remember when you use the description bubble, you must include a:

-number sentence

-size sentence

-colour sentence

-position sentence

-texture sentence

-doing sentence

-shape sentence



Week 2

  • Create a brochure telling people about the famous landmarks that they can visit in Egypt.  




Week 1

  • Use the ancient art of hieroglyphics to draw the symbols that match the letters in your name.

Find the full list of hieroglyphics by following this link: https://www.twinkl.ie/resource/t2-h-4796-egyptians-hieroglyphs-word-mat




Week 2

  • Try to draw some animals on Art for Kids Hub.

-A Toucan – exactly like what you would see in the rainforest!



      -A Cheetah – the fastest land animal!




Weeks 1 & 2


Just going to emphasise again that these are suggestions and there is no pressure to get everything done. Complete what you can on the list. 

Here are a few links to websites that you might find useful for these activities or for other activities you would like to do.

https://www.twinkl.ie/search?term= (this will give lots of resources for the topics)

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button (practice maths)

http://happysoft.org.uk/countdown/numgame.php (Countdown game for English and Maths)

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/ (for English)

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/ (for Geography/History/Science)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize (Videos on webpages won’t work but there are good resources for all subjects)

https://www.scoilnet.ie/ (Department of Education website with a lot of resources for each subject)